HARTSVILLE, S.C. – J.D. Pendergrass singled into shallow left field Sunday to break a 2-2 tie and lift the Hartsville Red Foxes to a 3-2 walk-off victory over Paul VI Catholic School from Fairfax, Virginia.
The Panthers are a perennial participant in the Southeastern Baseball Classic, except for this year. Because of a change in their spring break, they won’t be able to play, so the two teams scheduled a game anyway.
“They are a premier team in the nation,” Hartsville Coach Tony Gainey said. “I think we have taken one from them in the classic at some point.”
The Panthers scored early with two runs in the first inning, but they were held scoreless the rest of the game.
Hartsville scored one run in the first and third innings and stranded a runner in scoring position in the sixth.
Garrett Gainey started for Hartsville and went three innings. He had five strikeouts but yielded four walks.
Submarine pitcher Harrison Moore came on in the fourth inning and picked up the victory. He gave up three hits and a walk, but thanks to some timely defense by his teammates, the Panthers stranded three runners in the final three innings.
In the bottom of the seventh, Tate Hawkins singled with one out and took second base on a sacrifice bunt by Roddi Morris.
D.P. Pendergrass reached first base on an error by the third baseman, putting runners at first and third.
JD Pendergrass then lined his game-winning hit past the shortstop.
This game originally was scheduled for a five-inning double-header on Saturday. Friday night’s weather took care of that idea. It was decided at mid-afternoon Saturday to play on Sunday.
The Red Foxes are 3-2 on the season and will travel to Marlboro County Tuesday for the Region 6 opener. They will play West Florence on Wednesday and will host Wilson on Friday at Jimmy White Park.